The Reason I Regret My Tattoos

The Reason I Regret My Tattoos

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Let's be real. Putting something so permanent on my body was absolutely...the best decision of my life. They’re my favorite.
I'm often asked by people that see my tattoos, “But why would you get that on your skin?” Or, “what are you going to school for?” Or, “you have so many.” Or, “what do they mean?” Or, “you really think you will want that on your skin forever?” Or even, “laser removal hurts a lot I heard…”

You see, these people look at my tattoos and assume things about me: I will have a hard time finding a job, that I must be too ignorant to know what the word permanent means, and that I am a young person making choices because it’s “cool”.

Every one of my tattoos means something to me, but even if they did not mean anything to me, it should not be other’s concern. Frankly, that is because it is on my body, not yours. My tattoos are a piece of art.

1. They help tell my testimony.

When I got my first tattoo almost 3 years ago, I would have never thought I would have as many as I do now, but I also never knew what life was going to throw at me. My tattoos show my story in ways that words cannot. My tattoos show my hurt and pain, but mostly they show my growth and strength. They give me constant reminders of how to fight every day and enjoy life thoroughly.

2. They are conversation starters.

Anywhere I go: church, elevators, grocery stores, restaurants, class, the mall, etc., someone is bound to ask about or look at my tattoos. I thoroughly enjoy all of the attention that I get because of them. I can ask about other’s tattoos or they ask about mine. I get asked what they mean and I am able to explain little parts about what they mean to me, which allows others to talk about their lives as well. I’ve made a lot of friends because of my tattoos.

3.Children LOVE my tattoos.

Mine are mostly in black and white, so they love to color them. They also like to trace the lines with their fingers as if they are drawing them. Children have a lot of questions in general, but when they see someone with tattoos when they are not used to it, they have even more. This allows us to teach children about acceptance of everyone no matter what they have on the outside i.e. scars, tattoos, colored hair, skin tone, piercings, and so on.

4. It is a new time, where things such as tattoos and piercings are becoming more acceptable.

I know a lot of teachers, principals, doctors, and other professionals that have tattoos, and it is not looked down upon. People are beginning to understand that it is a way that people express themselves. As long as they are not offensive, I do not think they should be a barrier for career options, but I do realize that is seen as unprofessional at times when you do have tattoos. This is why my tattoos are in places that will never be shown through my professional attire. It ensures that my career will not be affected by the tattoos on my skin.

5. This is my body. I’m tired of being told what I can and cannot do with my body.

If I want to decorate my body in tattoos, then I should be able to without judgment. We should all start to love people for what they bring to the table and stop judging them for the ways in which they are different than us.

6. Even if I decide that whatever I got one day was not the right choice, it was a time of my life that I can look back on and be thankful for.

Each tattoo of mine is significant to me and my past. No matter what, they remind me of where I have come from and how much I have grown, so they will always be important and worth getting.

Support local business and go get some tattoos. Put art on your body and show the world that it’s your body, so you can do what you want with it. Always try to be careful about the placement of the tattoos if you are young because it can impact your future, but ultimately it is entirely up to you where and what you want to put on your body. Be smart and be sure that you get what you love and something you will want forever. Love your body and love your art. Tell your story and show it off to the world in whatever ways you know best, I know I will.



Cover Image Credit: Morgan Snead

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Get The Most Out of Your Trip To The Thrift Store

Tips from a self-proclaimed thrifting expert.

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If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Sorting through racks of clothes, filling my basket up with dozens of different pieces, and walking away with a couple of different things is always so satisfying. Some people go for the vintage items, but I'm there to find the best over-sized t-shirt around and maybe yet another pair of shoes to add to the dozens I already own. Every time I go, there is a different selection of clothes for me too look at, so I end up going there all the time to see what's new! The bonus of thrifting? You can get a bunch of new styles without spending a bunch of money. To make the most out of your own trips to the thrift store, here are six rules you should follow.

Try on EVERYTHING that catches your eye

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We've all had those moments where we see a shirt we like at the mall, but then decide it might not fit, or it's not in our usual comfort zone, or it's too expensive, so we skip right over it. Not the case at thrift stores. If you like it and you think it might fit, try it out. I've gone into thrift stores and tried on fifteen or twenty things, some of which are just t-shirts but others that are interesting tops that I normally would never pick up. Sometimes those different clothes end up being my favorite, and since the prices are low it's the perfect way to test out a different style without dropping a lot of money on a shirt you might not wear more than once.

Bring a friend

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If you're going to a big store like Savers, there can be an overwhelming amount of racks to go through. With a friend, you can look for each other and end up with outfits you like that you might've not seen by yourself. Last time I went, my friends found a ton of UMD gear for me to try on! Going with a friend means double the finds.

Scope out different locations

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College gear is all over the place at thrift stores. Have you seen the price of a sweatshirt at your college bookstore? Check for something similar at the thrift store before you snag that $50 crewneck. If you're going to an instate school, there is a solid chance your local thrift stores will have gear for your school so you can show your spirit without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite college t-shirts are from thrift stores and they were under $5 each. For out of state schools, hit up the thrift stores in the towns close to it.

Read the label

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Where else are you going to get an authentic Longchamp purse and a Southern Marsh fuzzy pullover for $3 each? Expensive brand names at ridiculously low prices are one of the hidden gems of thrift stores. They are rare finds but totally make going to the store with it. Make sure to check the shoes, too!

Look for deals

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Many of the major chain thrift stores offer 50% off at the end of the month for one day only, if you're a rewards member. The rewards programs are usually free and sometimes include early access to sales or bonus coupons after shopping a certain number of times or spending enough money.

Give back

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Got clothing in great condition that doesn't fit anymore or isn't your style? Donate it and make room for your new clothes while doing something good at the same time! If you aren't bringing it to the thrift store, look into non-profits or organizations around you that will take what you don't wear anymore. Many places will take books, shoes, and furniture, so bring those on your next trip, too. Donating is a win for people and the planet!

Whether you hit up the thrift store all the time or you're just starting out, thrifting is the way to go if you want to revamp your wardrobe without spending a ton of money!

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